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The United Kingdom of Quark Unit

“Greatness through innovation, power through intellect”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Location: The East Pacific


Quark Unit

Population1.449 billion

CapitalJiben Lizi
LeaderLiang Proton


The United Kingdom of Quark Unit is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Liang Proton with a fair hand, and notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, complete lack of prisons, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 1.449 billion Quarks enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Jiben Lizi. The average income tax rate is 47.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Quark economy, worth 261 trillion credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 180,255 credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Home renovation shows are increasingly popular, doctors prescribe medicines but they rarely dispense hope or compassion, a government program is underway to revitalize Quark Unit's beaches, and group hugs break out during floor votes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Quark Unit's national animal is the eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Quark Unit is ranked 8,293rd in the world and 210th in The East Pacific for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 12,199.44 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,063rdRudest Citizens: 2,345thMost Influential: 2,873rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,665thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,200thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,580thLargest Retail Industry: 6,454thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,880thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,225thHighest Average Incomes: 7,733rdSmartest Citizens: 7,737thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,293rdHighest Poor Incomes: 8,321stHighest Drug Use: 8,325thTop
Most Inclusive: 8,641stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,289thMost Developed: 9,315thMost Cultured: 9,466thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,895thMost Secular: 11,033rdMost Efficient Economies: 11,432ndLargest Insurance Industry: 12,560thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,480thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 13,915thLargest Governments: 14,041stLongest Average Lifespans: 15,112th
Rudest Citizens: 63rd in the regionTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 96th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 106th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 113th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 133rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 137th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 147th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 174th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 201st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 210th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 211th in the regionMost Influential: 212th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 213th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 217th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 227th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 248th in the regionMost Cultured: 254th in the regionMost Inclusive: 260th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 277th in the regionMost Developed: 281st in the regionLargest Governments: 346th in the regionMost Secular: 349th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 364th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 428th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 462nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 475th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 518th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 547th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 550th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 567th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 651st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 681st in the regionSafest: 748th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Quark Unit voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Sterilisation of Minors etc".
  • : Following new legislation in Quark Unit, group hugs break out during floor votes.
  • : Following new legislation in Quark Unit, a government program is underway to revitalize Quark Unit's beaches.
  • : Following new legislation in Quark Unit, doctors prescribe medicines but they rarely dispense hope or compassion.
  • : Following new legislation in Quark Unit, home renovation shows are increasingly popular.
  • : Following new legislation in Quark Unit, it's not just poseurs who wear oversized sound-cancelling headphones as they walk the city streets.
  • : Quark Unit was endorsed by The Delegate Elect of Marrabuk.
  • : Quark Unit was endorsed by The Benevolent Republic of Valdwall.
  • : Quark Unit was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Quark Unit was endorsed by The Vizier Nominee of Ramaeus.


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